"If we build it, they will come."
We’re not talking baseball. We’re talking vegan. And kosher and vegetarian.
This is the thinking behind the new College of Charleston dining hall, set to open in the fall of 2015. Marty Perlmutter is the Director of the school’s Jewish Studies Program and has championed this project into fruition. It will be lovingly named after him as well, a sign of deep appreciation from the Jewish community to which he has given so much.
"The fact that we have a kosher dining hall will signal to others that we are serious about our Jewish Studies. It's sort of like looking for a temple when you go to a town. It's a comfort level that there is a Jewish community there," he says.
Vegetarians get some Marty love too. "Today, we are more sensitive to the suffering of animals and it seems to me that those people are progressive. I think the new vegan/vegetarian kitchen is a different kind of diversity. What people should realize is that food-ways, people's eating habits, are an important way in which they are diverse."
The dining hall will be open to the public, another strategy to get students interacting in meaningful ways.
Marty says, "The fact that they eat together is a way to show that they are part of the same community."
One thing we predict: massive hummus consumption. And mazel tovs all around.
Words by: Dee Dee Arthur
Photography by: Adam Chandler